Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Another Disney Disaster: “Haunted Mansion” Remake Cost $150? Very Scary First Weekend Reaps Just $24 Million


Disney is already reeling from “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” not panning out.

Now, the Mouse House is dealing with the remake of “Haunted Mansion.” No stars, no publicity. nothing. A price tag of at least $150 million.

By no stars, I don’t mean to denigrate Owen Wilson, Rosario Dawson, or Tiffany Haddish. Also, there are unbilled cameos from Jared Leto and Marilu Henner. But there’s no one on the level of Eddie Murphy, who toplined the original movie.

And the result? Just $24 million for the opening weekend. Unless it suddenly goes viral, “Haunted Mansion” is about to be repossessed.

The writing was on the walls of the mansion. Rotten Tomatoes critics gave it a 41%. The audience score is 85%. No one liked it, or wanted it.

Why even remake “Haunted Mansion”? The original, in 2003, starred Eddie Murphy, Terrence Stamp, Jennifer Tilly, and Wally Shawn. It got a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was a bad, bad movie. It made $75 million over 21 weeks. With Murphy and special effects, it undoubtedly lost money

But studios figure Why not just keep remaking the same old stuff?

Disney has had one stroke of luck: the animated “Elemental” started out very slow, but picked up steam as the summer dragged on. Parents took their kids, and “Elemental” managed to make $144 US and almost $400 million international. Maybe “Haunted Mansion” can follow that path.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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